New Senior Housing Named for Longtime San Francisco Supervisor

tndc-e-news-photo-wbkennedyTNDC is a Tenderloin-based community organization with a citywide scope. Our offices and the bulk of our properties and programs are situated in the Tenderloin, which serves as the primary focus of our community development work and the base of our advocacy and organizing efforts. We also operate in five other neighborhoods, where our housing development capacity, services, programs, and commitment to community building can have positive impacts.

Slotted for completion in summer 2016, the Willie B. Kennedy Apartments is a new 98 unit, five-story affordable senior housing development located at the corner of Turk and Webster streets in the Western Addition. Willie B. Kennedy Apartments is being constructed alongside the Rosa Parks Senior Apartments, a building we acquired in 2016 from the San Francisco Housing Authority as a RAD project.

Formerly known as Rosa Parks II, the building has 32 studios and 65 one-bedroom units for senior households earning less than 50% Average Median Income, with 20 units set aside for formerly homeless seniors. The project also provides a variety of community spaces designed to accommodate a range of programs and needs for residents, including a large community room with a learning kitchen, a laundry room, two outdoor courtyard spaces, bike storage, and a resident lounge area. This resident building was named for Willie B. Kennedy, who was a longtime San Francisco supervisor who championed minority- and women-owned businesses and Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood improvements. Appointed in 1981, she was the third African-American woman on the board, and served for 15 years. Among her lawmaking accomplishments were co-authoring the city’s law that allotted a share of city contracts for women- and minority-owned businesses and legislation that prohibited the city from doing business with apartheid-era South Africa.

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